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Art of Darkness: Ingenious Performances by Undercover Operators, Con Men, and Others
Just like Scheherazade, undercover agents talk to save their lives. If they put in a poor performance, they don't see the curtain rise again. ART OF DARKNESS pries open the virtuoso identity techniques practiced by undercover operatives, fugitives, disguise artists, pranksters, con artists, and federally protected witnesses. It draws on original interviews with undercover ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Cuneiform Books
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I was lucky enough to receive this book as an early reviewer, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is dramatically entertaining, but also raises questions about the nature of identity-can it really be separate from what we say and do? It also has whetted my appetite for biography, particularly of the master con artists and undercover workers Schneider quotes throughout the book.
Art of Darkness is a very interesting book on a topic that isn’t often addressed -- The art and science of operating under false identities. It is clearly written and understandable, even from the point of view of someone who’s never had anything to do with police work or crime and only knows about undercover work from movies, and the 17 pages’ worth of sources listed in the back provide plenty of different viewpoints and firsthand information. It is impressively thorough, and amazed me with all ...more